Hints From Heloise: Sealed with a postmark

January 23

Dear Readers: Even though the holidays seem to have just finished, VALENTINE’S DAY is right around the corner! In fact, the cards and candy are already out in the stores!

So, here’s a hint for a very special postmark for your sweet valentine cards. Every year, Loveland, Colo. (“The Sweetheart City”), hand-stamps more than 160,000 cards with the year’s winning design and verse in the postmark. It is a wonderful way to show someone you are thinking of him or her. Why not send one to family, friends, troops overseas or even yourself?

To have cards stamped with the valentine postmark and verse, address and stamp each card (49 cents for standard cards) and place them all in one large, first-class envelope. Send to: Postmaster - Attention Valentines, 446 E. 29th St., Loveland, CO 80538-9998.

For your cards to make it to their destination in time, they need to be received no later than Feb. 7 for all U.S.-destined mail. (Foreign mail must be there no later than Feb. 4.)

There are other sweet valentine postmarks to choose from. How about:

Valentine, TX (79854),

Romance, AR (72136),

Heartwell, NE (68945),

Lovejoy, GA (30250).

Follow the same procedure, and address to: Postmaster, Valentine Remailing and the city with the sweet postmark of your choice. - Heloise

P.S.: How about a card from each valentine city to your special sweetie?

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

E-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com

TRAVEL HINT

Dear Heloise: As an older, high-risk cardiac patient, I offer the following tip: My wife and I travel often, and found out through experience that I need to carry a copy of my last EKG.

This saves time and expense if you experience chest pain and go to an emergency room. The ER staff can use it as a baseline to compare with the EKG that was taken on arrival. - George in Auburn, Calif.

George, how right you are! This is important to anyone, young or older, with a serious medical condition. And, while on the subject, carry a copy of all the meds you take! Safe travels, and good health! - Heloise

PAPER AND TWINE

Dear Heloise: This hint helps me in the vegetable garden. After I plant the garden, I lay down three to four layers of newspaper and cover with a good layer of straw. This helps with weed control, and it helps hold the moisture. I cut the binder twine that wraps the straw into 12- to 18-inch lengths. As the plants begin to fruit, I tie one near that spot. It draws my attention to that area so that I don’t have zucchinis the size of canoes. - M.B., via e-mail

TRANSPORTING FOOD

Dear Heloise: Regarding your hint about transporting food in a cooler or large box: What I’ve done for years is use a laundry basket (lightweight, with handles). Instead of newspapers, I fold a bath towel, put a dish on that, then place another folded towel on top. It will keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. If anything spills, it’s very easy to toss the towels into the washer. - S.C. in Erie, Pa.

Heloise’s column appears six days a week at www.washingtonpost.com/advice. Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.

2014, King Features Syndicate

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